Exhibitions at Henry Art Gallery, Veronica, Jack Straw, SOIL and MadArt.
Call me greedy, but for my first list of art recommendations, I went for an exuberant mash-up of collaborative, mixed-media, cross-genre wonders at very different arts venues. But be warned: Amid the immersive visual (or auditory) delight of these shows, there are also heady ideas and melancholic whispers.
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‘Fun. No Fun.’
Part architecture, part sculptural installation, this collaboration between artist Dawn Cerny and Kraft Duntz — the artist/architect team of David Lipe, Matt Sellars and Dan Webb — explores space, memory, desire and the contradictory emotions arising from any project and, indeed, life. “Fun. No Fun.” can be experienced through Sept. 10 at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, Seattle (206-543-2280 or henryart.org).
Artists Zack Davis and Rebecca Friedman collaborated on this small exhibition that is both minimal and complex. Their sculptural forms and projected images are potent and playful, the spawn of a “neural network” that synthesized a quarter-million photographs of art exhibitions. Art begets art (with many processing systems wedged between). Through April 8 at Veronica, 2915 Rainier Ave. S., Suite 12b, Seattle (businessnormal.com).
‘Forgetting of Being’
This visual and responsive sound installation was dreamed up by Rachel Green, who creates site-specific, multimedia performances, and Daniel Salo, a composer and sound artist. The resulting experience is both interactive and introspective, inviting us to explore the “anatomy of memory” and how we might find “a pulse of existence in a fleeting experience.” Through March 24 at Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle (206-634-0919 or jackstraw.org).
‘Each Eats its Own’
This wild tri-person exhibition grew out of a desire “to further understand the so-called tragedies of evolution, including decay, fornication and consumption.” The artists — Dakota Gearhart, Adrienne Heloise and Ben Hirschkoff — responded to Werner Herzog’s description of “The Obscenity of the Jungle” through materials including glitter-filled plastic vines, video, animal figurines and intricately cut paper. There’s even a “Herzog Reading Night” on March 20. Through April 1 at SOIL Gallery, 112 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-264-8061 or soilart.org).
Art doesn’t get much more dynamic than this. The team known as “Let’s” — artists Peter Lynch, Courtney Barnebey and Andy Arkley — is currently constructing a spectacular, interactive installation that includes sculpture, light, music and mapped video projections. After the official opening April 1, visitors can trigger musical sequences synchronized to lights and video. Before then, in keeping with MadArt’s mission, we can stop by to observe the fascinating process. Through April 22 at MadArt, 325 Westlake Ave. N., #101, Seattle (206-623-1180 or madartseattle.com).